Ideas of Max Weber, by Theme

[German, 1864 - 1920, Professor of Economics at the Universities of Heidelberg and Munich. A founder of sociology.]

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14. Science / D. Explanation / 1. Explanation / d. Explaining people
Nature requires causal explanations, but society requires clarification by reasons and motives
23. Ethics / D. Deontological Ethics / 2. Duty
The idea of duty in one's calling haunts us, like a lost religion
25. Society / C. Political Doctrines / 12. Capitalism
Acquisition and low consumption lead to saving, investment, and increased wealth
When asceticism emerged from the monasteries, it helped to drive the modern economy
Capitalism is not unlimited greed, and may even be opposed to greed
Modern western capitalism has free labour, business separate from household, and book-keeping
29. Religion / C. Monotheistic Religion / 4. Christianity / a. Christianity
Punish the heretic, but be indulgent to the sinner